Titans may trade down, still find their franchise left tackle

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We noted this week that Ole Miss left tackle Laremy Tunsil has emerged as the favorite to go to the Titans as the first overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft. But the Titans may have a better option: Trading down.

Mike Mayock said on an NFL Media conference call today that he thinks the No. 2 left tackle in this year’s draft, Notre Dame’s Ronnie Stanley, is also an elite prospect. And Mayock thinks some team may fall in love with a quarterback like Cal’s Jared Goff or North Dakota State’s Carson Wentz and offer the Titans a package of picks for the first pick. If that happens, Mayock thinks the Titans should take the offer, then try to get Stanley.

“I don’t think the difference between Tunsil and Ronnie Stanley is all that great, so if they were able to move down a few spots and still get an offensive tackle,” Mayock said.

The Titans have made clear that protecting Marcus Mariota is their top priority, and so it’s highly likely that they’ll draft a left tackle. But it won’t necessarily be first overall.

36 responses to “Titans may trade down, still find their franchise left tackle

  1. The thing about trading down though, is you need someone that wants to trade up….this class is lacking in QB, WR, RBs arent what they use to be…. and if it is deep at other positions like Left tackle teams won’t feel the urgency to give up a lot just to have the 1st pick.

    While there will be some solid players out of this class… it doesn’t have the Big names as previous classes like Julio Jones AJ Green Newton and Miller

  2. No one is moving up to the #1 pick in the draft for any of these guys. Give it a rest already. Don’t be like the Browns (my team) and overthink it. Pick Tunsil and move on. It’s not that difficult.

  3. Typical Titans….they drafted their LT two yrs ago in the 1st round…oh wait, he’s not good enough to be a LT….kinda like the Browns and QBs….

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    No one player is going to vault the Titans into contention. They need to find contributors at almost every position. I would expect to see the Titans being one of the most active clubs on draft day.
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  5. Poor Taylor Lewan. He’s not elite, but he’s a pretty solid LT. Don’t really know where this “LT is 100% top priority” rhetoric is coming from.

  6. The irony of this left tackle problem for the Titans? When they drafted Taylor Lewan in 2014, left tackle wasn’t even a pressing need–they had solid starting tackles with at least one year on their contracts. They chose Lewan because he was “too good to pass up.” They took him 11th overall and then had him riding the bench.

  7. two yrs ago in the 1st round…oh wait, he’s not good enough to be a LT….kinda like the Browns and QBs….

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    Theres nothing wrong w lewan but moving him to RT to shore up that side makes perfect sense in protecting mariota. Both lewan and new LT would be solid building blocks on the oline for many yrs.

  8. The RG3 trade has left unrealistic draft pick haul expectations for teams moving down. To go from say, #2 to #1 overall in this class shouldn’t cost much more than a bonus second or third rounder

  9. People can say that every year. But there is probably 4 or 5 teams that would trade up to get a QB. Houston comes to mind.. But i dont think this draft is lacking in QBs every year your going to get 1-2 guys that can play. you just going to get another 4 or 5 guys that get hyped up

    shaggytoodle says:
    Feb 23, 2016 1:34 PM

    The thing about trading down though, is you need someone that wants to trade up….this class is lacking in QB, WR, RBs arent what they use to be…. and if it is deep at other positions like Left tackle teams won’t feel the urgency to give up a lot just to have the 1st pick.

    While there will be some solid players out of this class… it doesn’t have the Big names as previous classes like Julio Jones AJ Green Newton and Miller

  10. This draft order strikes me as pretty much where teams need it to be – that is, the teams are for the most part where they need to be to get what they most need. Unless someone goes nuts for one specific player, every team should be able to make some good choices without trading up.

  11. A new tackle would be nice, but what would really help Mariota stay upright would be a WR that can actually get open in under 30 seconds.

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    That’s all well & good there just aren’t any WRs in this draft worth taking in the top 10 picks.

  12. tennesseeoilers says:
    Feb 23, 2016 2:28 PM

    The irony of this left tackle problem for the Titans? When they drafted Taylor Lewan in 2014, left tackle wasn’t even a pressing need–they had solid starting tackles with at least one year on their contracts. They chose Lewan because he was “too good to pass up.” They took him 11th overall and then had him riding the bench.

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    Actually that’s not true, he played a lot his rookie year. he just played a lot of RT in place of David Stewart. Then Roos retired the next off-season & he became the starting LT.

  13. The Titans would be smart to trade down. There are three potential HOF QBs in this draft., and two more that could eventually be pro bowlers. So 5 stud QBs altogether. It’s going to end up being better than 1983. And just like 1983, I don’t expect the teams to pick them in the right order. The Titans already have their blue chip QB, and they can get a good Tackle down the line. Trade, trade, trade.

  14. feckyerlife says:
    Feb 23, 2016 2:49 PM
    People can say that every year. But there is probably 4 or 5 teams that would trade up to get a QB. Houston comes to mind.. But i dont think this draft is lacking in QBs every year your going to get 1-2 guys that can play. you just going to get another 4 or 5 guys that get hyped up
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    I feel this class doesn’t have talent pool as other draft classes it happens once or twice a decade, its just how things go. I understand there won’t always be a Newton or Luck… but you have to understand like 2003 even though QBs get taken you can’t always build a franchise around them. 2003 (Palmer Leftwich Boller and Grossman) I feel this year is similar, and much like that draft class I feel the 1st round will be heavy on OL, DL, and other defenders.

  15. IF the Browns are hell bent on a certain QB, they might trade up so that the Titans don’t trade down. We all saw what happened in 2014 when the Browns had the 4th pick and the Jags took Bortles off the board. Ray Farmer starting fumbling around. And the he moved up after moving down and took Manziel with the 22nd pick. Oh the look on Johnny’s face.

  16. I don’t feel like Tunsil is worth the 1st pick. Some mocks have the Ravens taking Stanley at #6. I hope not. Titans could trade down and still get Stanley. Or they could just draft Bosa. He’s not Clowney. Defense still wins championships. I always said the best thing you can do for your franchise QB, put a defense around him.

  17. Hue Jackson is a good QB coach. Browns are staying put. They might be wise to take a QB in the 2nd round. They passed on Bridgewater and Carr. Hell, the Bengals got McCarron in the 5th round. As a Ravens fan, I hope the Browns draft a QB with their 1st pick. That would leave one of those defensive studs that are going early.

  18. No way Tunsil is worth the #1 pick. Jonathon Ogden was #4 in 1996. And that was before the Ray Lewis pick at #26. Too many better players at premium positions to take an OL. Especially on defense. Can still draft one in the 2nd round. And later rounds also, to be on the safe side. Titans would be better off drafting a RB.

  19. Taylor Lewan is still young with a lot of potential.. He just needs to be more consistent and stop committing so many penalties. I wouldn’t mind if the Titans took Tunsil or Stanley, but they would be dumb if they didn’t try to shift Lewan around and see if they can still use him.

  20. Concrete jimmy, are you suggesting Totans take a RB with the no.1 pick? I assume you Mis-wrote. Frankly, as long as they take neither a QB, RB or WR at no. 1 it is almost impossible for them to miss. So obviously they are taking Wentz no.1!

  21. Rdog says:
    Feb 23, 2016 5:24 PM
    Taylor Lewan is still young with a lot of potential.. He just needs to be more consistent and stop committing so many penalties. I wouldn’t mind if the Titans took Tunsil or Stanley, but they would be dumb if they didn’t try to shift Lewan around and see if they can still use him.
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    I haven’t read anyone suggesting scrapping Taylor Lewan, who has been the only solid starter on the Titans’ OL this past season. I think he’s played solidly at LT and will continue to grow there if left be.

    The entire OL needs an infusion of experience and stability that neither Laremy Tunsil nor Ronnie Stanley could readily provide, being rookies. FAs like RTs Mitchell Schwartz or Joe Barksdale could. Cs like Alex Mack or Stefen Wisniewski could as well, with the added advantages of shoring up our very weak C position, and enhancing the development of our young QB, who has openly stated he wants to learn to perform “like Peyton Manning at the LOS”. An experienced, high football IQ C can help him get there, and more quickly. Even a G signed via FA like Kelechi Osemele, Richie Incognito, or Jeff Allen could do wonders to strengthen the middle of the OL, which is so desperately needed.

    If Tunsil is the pick, LT and RT will have TBD at Baptist Sportsplex by the players and the coaches. But if it’s best for the team, I feel confident Lewan would make a fine RT.

    Bottom line: I hope the OL is bolstered via FA whether the Titans draft Laremy Tunsil, or not.

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